Monday, December 10, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 12/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Check out this motley crew. As you may know, fan favorite Kiké Hernández officially tied the knot this weekend, and a whole bunch of his buds are in town to celebrate. Congrats!

Photo above via Yasiel Pui's Instagram. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1919 the National League officially banned the spitball. The American league would follow the next season. Current spitballers would be grandfathered and be allowed to continue throwing the pitch; including Dodger Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes, who would eventually be the last legal spitballer in the game. In 1986 the Dodgers trade first baseman Greg Brock to Milwaukee for reliever Tim Crews and starter Tim Leary -- both of whom would play important parts during their 1988 World Championship run two years later. In 2012 the Dodgers signed free agent starter Zack Greinke to a six-year $147 million contract that includes an opt-out clause after its thrid season.
  • Happy Birthday, Jimmy JohnstonJake HehlTed MartinezGil ReyesMel Rojas!

Friday, December 07, 2018

A 1951 Brooklyn Daily Eagle Vintage Printing Press Plate of Tommy Brown


About a decade ago I came across a bunch of auctions on eBay featuring what was purported to be original vintage Brooklyn Daily Eagle printing press plates of various old-tyme Dodger players. As an avid oddball collector I was immediately smitten, and dutifully spent some time trying to track down an archive of the paper to verify their legitimacy. Thankfully, the printing plates themselves include dates on the reverse (as you can see on the right), so the research was easy to accomplish. As I came to realize, many of them were in fact actually used, so I made a bunch of bids and eventually came away with a healthy collection -- well over ten of them.

Blog Kiosk: 12/7/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


Here's an March 5, 1951 Acme Press Photo taken during Spring Training activities in Vero Beach featuring Dodgers outfielder Tommy Brown, alongside his father Bill Brown. (eBay Auction Link) Per the descriptor on the reverse:
A COUPLE OF CANDIDATES.  Vero Beach, Fla.:  Reversing the usual trend, Bill Brown has decided to follow in the spike-prints of his son Tommy.  Here he works out with the young Brooklyn slugger at the Dodgers spring training camp in Vero Beach.  Chuck Dressen: please take note.
Below are more links to checkout:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 2005 Grady Little is named the manager of the Dodgers. He would be the skipper the club for two seasons -- recording a 170-154 record. In 2013 the Dodgers signed free agent reliever Brian Wilson. Wilson would wear Dodger Blue for two seasons -- recording an overall 4-5 record in Los Angeles, 3.77 ERA, 3.79 FIP and one save as a middle reliever. In 2015 a trade between the Reds and Dodgers involving reliever Aroldis Chapman is held up after a police report is unearthed that details a gun incident at the pitchers home. As a result, Chapman faced possible suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
  • Happy BirthdayMike BaxterTom LovettRyan Theriot & Yasiel Puig!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Duke Snider 1957-59 Union 76 Sports Club Booklet


Here is something that I've recently added to my own collection. As you know, Union 76 has been putting out sports related memorabilia at their gas stations for decades. In the 60's and 80's they were know for their player portraits drawn by noted artist Nicholas Volpe, and for a scarce booklet set featuring Dodger players in 1960 and 1961. I had previously shared my 1961 Dodgers booklet set here.

Another booklet set they released from 1957 to 1959 is known as the Sports Club Booklets, and featured here is the lone Dodger player found in that set. It is of Duke Snider. As you can see, the booklet details the "Finer Points of Batting" and includes plenty of tips that any ballplayer can use to get better. I've included complete scans of the entire booklet below.

Check Out this Sandy Koufax Painted Ball by Charles Fazzino


I can't get enough of these painted balls. Over the years I've highlighted numerous works of art on Baseballs; including drawings done by George Sosnak, Monty Sheldon and Charles Fazzino. So, when I put my eyes on this newest Fazzino ball I knew I had to share it here. Featured is the second Charles Fazzino painted Baseball of Sandy Koufax that I've run across. It is on auction at VSA Auctions (link here), but closes later today (sorry about the late notice). You can check out the other Koufax Fazzino ball I wrote about in January of last year here.

As you can see, it includes Sandy's signature and is surrounded by color, sparkle and Fazzino's trademarked 3-D element. The Dodger logo (above the signature) floats above the ball to give it a three dimensional effect. Below are more pics of the other painted panels of this ball.

Blog Kiosk: 12/6/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


(Pic via Jennifer McGraw on twitter)
Fernando Valenzuela is now a member of the California Hall of Fame!

On Tuesday, Valenzuela, along with seven other distinguished persons that include Joan Baez and Robert Redford, were officially inducted in Sacramento. You can watch the entire ceremony here. Per Jennifer McGraw at CBS.com:
“Really, I was so excited and this moment is great,” said Fernando Valenzuela, beloved former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and World Series winner.
Photo above via Joe McHugh/CA.gov. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1960 actor Gene Autry is awarded an American League Los Angeles franchise that would be known as the Angels -- using a team name that once played in the PCL in Los Angeles and subsequently purchased by O'Malley when he moved the Dodgers West. In 1973 the Dodgers traded Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Astros for outfielder Jim Wynn. Wynn would go on to have a stellar year the following season in Los Angeles. He slashed .271/.387/.497/.884 with 32 homers and 108 RBI's, and would come in at fifth place in MVP voting. In 2006 the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher Jason SchmidtIn 2007 signed free agent outfielder Andruw Jones.
  • Happy Birthday, Tony LazzeriTommy Brown & Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis!